After losing recount, Sigee asks court to declare him the new county Tax Assessor

The election for Jefferson County Tax Assessor /Collector isn’t quite over yet, as a recently filed lawsuit seeks to overturn November’s Election Day results.

Thomas Sigee, who lost to incumbent Shane Howard by 16 votes, filed the suit Dec. 11 in Jefferson County District Court, seeking to have a Beaumont judge declare him the winner, or at the very least wipe the election results and order a new election.

According to the lawsuit, Howard, a Republican, received 43, 349 votes to Democrat Sigee’s 43,333.

The Jefferson County Ballot Board had approved 61 provisional ballots and 10 military ballots out of 596 provisional ballots.

“There remain some 520 provisional ballots that were not counted,” the suit states. “Provisional votes were rejected because the affidavits were not completely filled out but the information that was left off was not mandatory but directory.”

If the court does not declare Sigee the rightful winner, he asks that the election results be voided in place of a new election.

Austin attorney Randall Wood of Ray & Wood represents him.

Judge Gary Sanderson, 6oth District Court, is assigned to the case.

Case No. B193-698

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